How to Do East Coast Swing in Swing Dance

Learn how to do East Coast Swing from dance champion Robert Royston in this Howcast dance video.

East Coast Swing, one of the first styles of swing taught at ballroom studios here in America.

What we’re going to start off with is your triple steps. I’m going to start left, Nicola is going to start right. We’re going to go step, together, step, then to the other side, step, together, step. From there we’re going to take what’s called the rock step. I go back with my left, she goes back with her right, and we go rock, step. So it literally is just a rock back and forward. Rock, step.

We’re going to go step, together, step, step, together, step, rock, step. It can travel a lot or a little bit. If we travel it a lot, step together, step it really moves to the side. Step together, step, and then we rock, step. Rock, step. Or you can kind of keep it in place. Step together, step, step together, step, rock, step.

For the hold you want to make sure that your right hand is underneath the lady’s left arm. Her left arm is on top slightly down of the man’s right arm. I take my left and she presents her right right on top of it like that and we have step together, step, step together, step, rock, step. Or we can call it triple step, triple step, rock, step. Triple step, triple step, rock, step, triple step, triple step, rock, step, triple step, triple step, rock, step.

Now you can take that basic once you learn it and do exactly what Nicola and I just did and rotate that basic around for East Coast Swing. We’re going to go ahead and do that to music.

That is East Coast Swing.